Dominic Thiem explains difficulties against Novak Djokovic


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Dominic Thiem explains difficulties against Novak Djokovic

In an interview to ESPN, Dominic Thiem and Kevin Anderson explained how it feels like to experience a Novak Djokovic's return. A few days ago John Isner described the Serb as the biggest returner he has ever faced and Thiem admitted that Djokovic represents a big challenge.

'It's not a nice process because I know if I don't serve really, really good against him, the ball is in the rally 50-50', said Thiem. 'If you are not on the offense after the serve, you have only a little chance to win the point, and that's what puts huge pressure on everybody.

The serve has to be placed perfectly, and sometimes even the perfectly placed serves he gets back amazingly. He doesn't take any risk. First serve, sometimes he can miss, but second serve he will put it -- no matter what you do -- half a meter from the baseline, and he's already in advantage in the point.' Kevin Anderson, who lost to Djokovic at 2015 Wimbledon in five sets after being up two sets to love, added: 'It can be daunting.

You know a lot of returns are going to come back in play, and that's where you rely on other parts of your game. It's always a big challenge. He's one of the best returners if not the best returner of all time. It's just the way he's able to neutralize the serve so often.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title